Positive Neuroplasticity Training

Building healthier, stronger, wiser minds

This experiential and educational program was created by Dr Rick Hanson, bestselling author of “Hardwiring Happiness” and “Buddha’s Brain”. It is about building a strong, healthy, and happy brain. We can lower stress, and increase well-being and effectiveness by deliberately cultivating positive states – such as safety, contentment, connectedness and compassion.   

This course will focus on learning a fundamental psychological skill: the conversion of passing beneficial experiences and beneficial mental states - into lasting underlying neural traits – that can be experienced in a very pragmatic way in our lives and relationships. Statistically significant findings from a pilot study showed that Positive Neuroplasticity Training increased positive emotions, self-compassion, mindfulness, emotional balance, self-esteem, gratitude, contentment, and love, and it decreased depression and anxiety.

"Taking in the Good" with Dr. Rick Hanson PH.D

Building a strong, happy and healthy brain!


Perth and Melbourne, 2018

Like any other mental capability, inner strengths (positive states) are supported by structures in the brain. Resilience, positive emotions, compassion, gratitude, and other inner strengths lower stress, grow well-being and effectiveness, and heal anxiety and depression. 

In this workshop you will be learning about and practicing how to transform positive

experiences into lasting states and traits. The workshop will be engaging, inspiring and practical. As well as being motivated by succinct and relevant scientific information, you will get tools and processes that you can immediately use. We will engage with the material using experiential exercises, presentations, discussion, home practice, and readings.

Research has shown that people who completed the PNT (Taking in the Good) Course experienced significantly less anxiety and depression, and significantly greater self-control, savoring, compassion, love, contentment, joy, gratitude, self-esteem, self-compassion, satisfaction with life, and overall happiness.

Rick Hanson is planning two levels of training to commence in January of 2018:

Positive Neuroplasticity Training (PNT) and Professional Training in PNT
3 day and 6 day training
Perth and Melbourne
July 2018

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What will you be learning in the course?


What does the PNT course involve?


  • an individual phone interview with your teacher
  • a 2.5 hour class once a week for six weeks or workshop format of three whole days over several weeks.
  • systematic training in cultivating positive states of safety, satisfaction and connection
  • exploration of patterns of thinking, feeling and action, and how to transform them
  • brief lectures and discussions
  • individual feedback and support
  • scientific rationale for the practice
  • your commitment to daily homework practice using audio tracks and course book


Do I need some previous mindfulness experience?

Not necessarily, but we have found that people who have previous experience of mindfulness find the learning about cultivating positive states more accessible and easy to incorporate into their daily lives.  They are also not so reactive to the experiences that arise when we practice any form of mental training - like frustration, boredom and avoidance!

Is the PNT course a training to teach others?

No.  The name is confusing we know!  It is a personal training for your mind and body to become more familiar with transforming passing positive states like safety, satisfaction and feelings of belonging and connection, into more lasting traits.

It is about you and your life. 

Openground does sponsor Rick Hanson to Australia regularly to offer the 6 day training for health professionals and others who wish to bring this work into their private work with others.

Join the mail list to hear about the next six day program with Rick.

What People Are Saying

I gained a lot from this course! I would definitely recommend it to friends and already have. I hadn’t been feeling ‘myself’ at the start of the course, and hadn’t been for almost a year. I had long term RSI which has gotten better in the 8 weeks – not 100% yet, but better than 6-8 months of physio beforehand! I feel myself again, and friends and work colleagues have noticed I seem happier, less stressed and I feel able to cope with stresses easier.

Tracey, 2017

Inner strength, confidence through knowing myself better, a more positive view of my future knowing that all I need is to turn into my pain and remember it will pass

Anna, 2016

It has definitely changed relationships in my life. Also it has helped me deal with confrontation a lot better. It has helped me become a lot more task focussed and given me the skill to see where my mind often wanders and why it goes to certain places. Loved the course and would recommend it to everyone.

Lacee, 2015

The course has made me feel a lot calmer in a busy life. It has reminded me to stop and smell the roses. It has taught me that awareness – is just that – not complicated! That meditation is not about stopping all thoughts but acknowledging them and letting them pass and then focussing back on the here and now.

Lisa 2016

It is hard to verbalise the surprisingly profound impact this experience (so much more than a course) has had on me. It has been so complete—spiritually, emotionally, professionally and intellectually.

Patrick 2016